Juan Ignacio Martinez’s high-fliers look to get back to winning ways as they visit the capital to take on the misfiring Madrilenos
Lopez, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Gabi, Tiago, Diego, Turan
Venta, Ballesteros, Nano, Juanfran
Valdo, Barkero, Juanlu
Levante has been brought back down to earth following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Osasuna and Valencia, with some suggesting the Liga minnows have been finally found out. Nevertheless, the Valencia-based club still occupy a highly respectable fourth position in the league table, a mere five points off leaders Real Madrid.
Martinez has few injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game with defender Juanfran expected to shake off an ankle sprain and striker Carlos Aranda also likely to recover from a minor knock. Left-back Asier Del Horno could sit out with a leg injury.
Meanwhile for hosts Atletico Madrid, a disappointing start to the season transformed into a mini-crisis after a 3-2 loss to lowly Getafe. Coach Gregorio Manzano has since received more bad news in the form of an injury to in-form striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian suffered a strain to the abductor muscle on international duty and will miss out on Sunday, causing Manzano to recall Jose Antonio Reyes, who has missed the past three games due to a disagreement with the coach during the match against Athletic Bilbao.
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- Atletico Madrid holds the edge in recent head-to-head meetings with Levante (W6 D1 L3).
- Injured striker Falcao is Atletico’s top scorer this season with seven goals.
- Atletico are known by the nickname Los Colchoneros (the mattress makers) due to its home kits sporting the same colours as old-fashioned mattresses.
- Levante’s last victory at the Vicente Calderon stadium was a 1-0 triumph in the Copa del Rey in October 2006.
- At a combined age of almost 170, the east coast club has the oldest defence (back four and goalkeeper) in La Liga.
- Levante was founded in 1909, a full decade before the founding of local rivals Valencia.